Comedy films have been popular since the early days of cinema. The main purpose of this genre is to make audience members laugh. It can often be difficult for film critics to review comedies because humor is very subjective. Despite this, there are several movies that are regularly cited as good examples of the genre.


Airplane! has the record for most jokes in any movie. It mocks the disaster films of the 1970s. Leslie Nielsen gives the performance of his career as the serious talking doctor trying to stop his plane from crashing. The movie is full of quotable lines.

Shaun Of The Dead

This parody of zombie films has been called one of the best comedies to come out of Britain. Numerous news journals such as the Telegraph praised it when it was first released. Simon Pegg plays Shaun, a man who finds himself struggling to save his friends during a zombie outbreak.

Groundhog Day

In Groundhog Day a man wakes up and has to relive the same day constantly. This simple but effective concept has captured the imaginations of viewers. Bill Murray stars as the weatherman stuck in this frustratingly hilarious scenario.


Sacha Baron Cohen caused a fair amount of controversy with this intentionally offensive comedy. It is a combination of hidden camera footage and scripted scenes. Cohen plays an Eastern European reporter who travels to America and shocks the public with his inappropriate actions. Cohen followed this film up with Bruno which also proved to be controversial.